It was funny to me, but in our reader survey, those of you who do AND do not wish this to become a parenting blog were very adamant. I totally understand that in the midst of such transition some of you are freaking out, but we’ve always said this will never be a parenting blog—and it will not. In fact, the only posts Laura and I have planned (besides maybe introducing our little cuties to you when they arrive) are a bunch of posts surrounding our nurseries (the same number as any other room… again—we’re STILL a DIY blog). Sorry for the nervous preface, haha. Our official statement is, “We are no more going to become a baby blog than we are a bathroom blog or a kitchen blog or a sofa blog.” You have my word.
With that said, here’s a nursery DIY that I am so excited to share!
I have been working on this room (slowly) for a few months now, and I think this will be the last little peek you see before my tour is ready. I stopped posting every little thing on IG so that it could be somewhat of a surprise for you, and OMG, it’s so hard not to overshare.
Anyway! Shelves. We used this tutorial to create these shelves. We didn’t have to cut anything because the three foot boards were sold that way at the store. SUPER simple afternoon project!
A friend of mine shared her nursery “must haves” list with me, which I have followed to the letter, and one of the sweetest things she insisted we include was a bookshelf low enough for our child to grab books from (even as a baby). The bottom shelf is reserved for board books and the upper shelves are where we are keeping the ones with easy to tear pages.
I love this shelf solution because it doesn’t take up too much space. I didn’t want to do a huge traditional bookshelf because we didn’t have a free wall to devote to it, and also we have other large shelves in the house where I want to store children’s books. So I decided on this mini ledge shelf situation that’s just enough room for a rotating collection of favorites.
Collecting books has become a big obsession for me. I even used this post as an excuse to order a few more books from my Amazon wish list. A few of these were gifts as well.
Book links: The Mermaid and the Shoe, The Littlest Family’s Big Day, I Wished for You (our favorite adoption storybook), The Little Gardener (obviously had to have that one!), Hug Me (thank you, Sherri), Gaston, Antoinette (super obsessed with the illustrations in both these), Last Stop on Market Street, Triangle, What Can I Be?, I Can Fly, The Ugly Duckling (one of my childhood favorites… thank you, Sheila), The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Home (A Chinese/English book… thank you, Mom!), Day Dreamers, Dream Animals. Also, my wallpaper is by Lulie Wallace.
It does feel so good to do some nesting in this space. Preparing a room for our little girl has been a great comfort to me on those random days when the waiting process feels like torture (which isn’t all that often, but it happens).
The rest of my DIY projects I have planned for this room are more on the decor end. I want to make a lot of plush toys, and I’m hoping for the motivation to kick in to make some little clothes as well. Oh and I may try to build a mobile… I have looked everywhere and haven’t found the perfect one yet.
If you have any suggestions for beautifully illustrated children’s books, I would love to hear them in the comments! xx -Elsie